2021 CSA Online Conference — Our Voices, Our Stories: A Chance to Shine Online!

The 2021 CSA Conference: Our Voices, Our Stories: A Chance to Shine Online! was held via Zoom November 12-14, 2021. For a second year, we are delivered our annual conference virtually. Register to view the recordings of the sessions.

Join us as the CSA celebrates its 30th anniversary! We celebrate the past, and look forward to a promising future.

Our Voices, Our Stories: A Chance to Shine Online! is packed with a variety of speakers who will be presenting on a range of topics, ranging from personal inspirational and empowering stories, to focus groups and panel discussions on the latest research and therapies. The ever-popular open mic sessions provide an opportunity for you to share your voice, renew old friendships and create new ones.

View the conference schedule.


We also have two exciting keynote speakers for you to enjoy! We welcome JJJJJerome and Joze to our conference!

JJJJJerome Ellis 

As you might tell by the spelling of his name, JJJJJerome Ellis is open and comfortable about being a self-proclaimed person who stutters. A talented musician and composer, Ellis was awarded a 2015 Fulbright Fellowship to research traditional samba music and performed with local musicians at the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil. He holds numerous sound design and composing credits, including being the resident composer and saxophonist at 5C Café and Cultural Centre in New York City from 2008-2011. Ellis is also a piano teacher and Portuguese translator.

Read his bio:

JJJJJerome Ellis is a stuttering, Afro-Caribbean composer, poet, and performer. His works are invitations to healing, transcendence, communion, and deep listening. Through an interdisciplinary practice that focuses on oral storytelling, improvisation, and the interrelations between speech, silence, disability, and religion, he’s collaborated with choreographers, rappers, playwrights, booksellers, typographers, podcasters, toddlers, and filmmakers. Mr. Ellis’s work has been presented or developed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, Lincoln Center, MASS MoCA, and WKCR. He is a writer in residence at Lincoln Center Theater. Born in Connecticut to a Jamaican mother and a Grenadian father, Ellis was raised in Virginia Beach, VA. 

JJJJJerome is an excellent public speaker, and we will be showcasing his inspirational music during the conference. 

Read more about JJJJJerome Ellis: https://jjjjjerome.com/ 

Joze Piranian

Joze Piranian will make you laugh and think at the same time – a powerful combo! Not only a popular comedian and a Global TEDx speaker, Joze Piranian is also a multilingual motivational speaker. He has addressed international audiences regarding the power of resilience and inclusion to unlock one's personal and professional potential. Piranian earned an Inspirational Speaker of the Year award in 2017. 

Read his bio:

After avoiding speaking almost entirely for more than 25 years due to a debilitating stutter, Joze uncovered ground-breaking insights for personal transformation that turned his obstacle into triumphant public speaking and stand-up comedy performances in three continents and as many languages. Joze is on a mission to change people’s relationships with fear and discomfort so that they start taking action and unleash their inner greatness at work, school, and in life. Joze is well known to the CSA. His comedy workshop at an earlier CSA Conference was filmed and may be included in a documentary about his life as a person who stutters. He hopes it will be released sometime next year!

Read more about Joze Piranian: https://www.jozepiranian.com/ 


Friday, November 12, 2021 at 6:00 PM (EST) - Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 5:15 PM (EST)